Gladstone Art Group

Jennifer Margaret Ryan’s (Jennie)

first solo exhibition was in Gladstone Queensland in 2019. Prior to that she has participitate in over 20 group exhibitions and art shows. Includng a minor digital exhibition at MoMA New York. Her work has been described as unique, with a mastery of colour that is all her own. Her paintings are in collections throughout the Australia.


Born October 10, 1954m in Pemberton Western Australia, she gave up dreams of a tennis career to complete her Year 12 at high school.  After 3 years study, she commenced a highly successful career as a teacher and school administrator.  At the age of thirty five, she discovered that living with Lupus and Rhumatoid Diseases would change a few things. She eagerly moved into the IT in education movement and devoted herself to introducing best and innovative practices in Computing and IT Education.

This decision lead to her taking on network management, teacher training and state level curriculum tasks. In 2009 she decided enough was enough, she retired.

It took a few years of taking photographs while seated in a car, attending art workshops before the emerging artist appeared. Working predominantly in oils and acrylic paints and oil pastels, Ryan takes inspirations from diversity – the constant movement in a quiet rural life, the freedom of abstractions and the Ar Le Brut approach, eternal diversity in trees and clouds – but the understanding that underlies her work is uniquely her own.

Her original art style has become recognizable in her local area. The freedom of the brushstrokes, the creative use of colour and the ability to bring lightness and brightness to her works are regularly recognized by artists and art collectors.

2020 feedback

  • WOW
  • amazing.
  • Feminine beauty
  • brilliant colours,
  • brilliant.
acrylic, abstract, instagram jenniferpaints


While difficult to pin down, Jennifer does have a core that centres around her idealistic definition of 'equality'. She understands its never going to happen, but she knows it starts with her. Whatever the cost.



In Jennifer's words, "It doesn't really matter what happens in the future. Today. No, this minute is what matters. Not because I may not get another one. Because I am in this one.


"Education was always an internal driving force - I just needed to know stuff. While not ever being brilliant, I was an OK student. My biggest challenge was learning and demonstrating skill in the curriculum, rather than persuing my personal goals. ""


Discovery Coast, Central Qld


$ 20AUD
  • Granny Jen is Missing, celebrates rural Australia.


  • An emerging artist, means I'm eclectic. Yes!
  • Abstract Expressionist
  • Digital Collages


  • This list is a reflection of how emerged I am. This traces my life ... as a tapestry of colour,surprises and inspiration.


Studio Agnes



IN RURAL communitIES







Emerging photographer


JJ has always enjoyed dabbling in the arts. A bit of pottery, some gel pouring; smart cameras gave her the opportunity to explore her surroundings through a lens.

Her current passion, in COVID times, is rock art in postcode 4680. Making people smile unexpectedly.

Studio Agnes virtual exhibitions

young emerging artist


Dasha is a considered creative.

She takes measured decisions.

Ponders and considers her options  and then once those decision are made she works deliberately to replicate the image in her mind.

Tie-dye wall hanging Robert Ryan


tie-dye artist


A late entrant to the visual arts, Robert creates unique clothing and decorative objects through the tie-dye process. Prior to his visual art activities Robert had been a successful businessman.  His creativity, and willingness to experiment ensure his works are not only unique, they are memorable for their  vibrancy.




Rubes  has a creating soul; constantly thinking, singing and dancing. And now a growing smart camera photographer. Attracted to technology when sitting on a Granny’s knee, the fascination and experimentation just keeps growing.

See how expertise and creativity belie the fact that Rubes is 9 years old.


tabitha’s take on challenges


Tabitha was drawing and creating art well before we expected. She was a perfectionist – and still is a perfectionist. As well as painting and drawing, Tabitha qualified for State Competition in gymnastics, plays musical instruments and  AFL footy.

Abstract Painting, JenMR



jen mr

JenMR artworks have no central style. Her attractive surface treatments, upbeat and emotionally charged subject matter require skillful composition and strong sense of colour.

JenMR’s  colour palette, mediums and ‘canvasses’ vary widely. Philosophy has a great influence on her images. “There’s no painting without pondering.”

-virtual art gallery-

1770 adventures of the creative kind

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Jennifer’s Simple  & Creative Adventure started in 2017 with her “Footsteps and Footprints” local history project.

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This adventure

Art Gallery

We will work with isolated, rural artists.

Primary Goal

Give exposure to emerging artists.


Support  for artists without audiences


Costs kept to a minimum.


We take no commission on sales.


Artists can find the help needed.

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Caravan Schoolhouse

focus on creative and functional writing


Jennifer retired at an early age. This gave her the time to start creating a legacy for her grandchildren. “Granny Jen is Missing” is an Indi Published full colour children’s book written for her grandchildren. It celebrates their great qualities of independence and self-reliance, and  demonstrates the value of family. Book 2 in the Granny Jen series is almost ready to go to a publisher.

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-Jen’s Road trip-

going it alone

the start & future

Jennifer has written since she was a teenager, poetry, many IT manuals, and a series of instructional books since the 1990. Creating videos and photography began when digital cameras had RAM memory.

When running her tutoring business, Jennifer created many eBooks and workbooks. She is an accomplished speaker and workshop presenter.

In Jen Ryan’s Caravan Schoolhouse (jrcs.com.au) you will find free resources and courses, in depth workshops and webinars designed to help participants find the roads, or tracks, they wish to explore.

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